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Whitestone Parish Council


Minutes of Whitestone Parish Council meeting held at Whitestone Parish Hall at 7.30pm on

Thursday, 7th August, 2014

Attendance: Chairman − Councillor Mrs B Bramhall
Councillors Mrs M Belt, Mrs P Fisher, L Hickman, D Munro, P Nierop, R Phillips, A Reed.
Mrs P Vaughan, Clerk to the Council
Mr and Mrs P Trowbridge, Mr C Hodges.

Apologies: Councillor M Quinn

The Council meeting included the August draw for the 100 Club in support of the Parish Hall Management Development Fund. The lucky number was 53 belonging to Arlene Langtry.

56. The Chairman opened the meeting which was called primarily to discuss the following planning applications that require a response within a 21 days deadline.

56.1 14/02136/NPA Application for Prior Approval under Part 3 Class MB and paragraph N of the GPDO for change of use of barn from agricultural use to a dwelling on land west of Hindcross NGR 287451 93349. The Council discussed the application and there were no objections.

56.2 Cllr Phillips declared an interest in this application.

14/02224/NPA Application for Prior Approval under Part 3 Class J and paragraph N for change of use of upper ground floor from office to a dwelling at Brooklands Mill, Nadderwater. The Council discussed the application and concerns were expressed regarding vehicle access, turning and parking facilities at the site. Also mentioned was the fact that vehicles parking on the road itself does impede visibility for approaching traffic.

57. School Houses

57.1 Discussion took place in order to authorise expenditure to undertake work identified in Teignbridge District Council Inspector’s Report. Cllr Reed reported that work to access the roof void and install fire blankets was in hand at the cost of £1,350 as stated at the July meeting and woodworm treatment for the roof timbers had been arranged at a cost of £500 (£250 for each house). A 30 year Certificate of Guarantee had been provided by the Woodworm Treatment Services. It had been identified that it was not necessary for any timbers to be replaced.

57.2 Quotations had been received for the erection of garden fencing at both properties and repairs to garden steps at No 1 at a cost of £286.25(No 1) and £433.21(No 2) and it was resolved that these should be accepted.

57.3 Cllr Reed stated that in addition to this total expenditure of £2,569.46 a further £1,000 may be necessary in order to do electrical work which may be necessary for the heating/ventilation of No 1 and in that case the anticipated possible total expenditure would be £3,469.46. The Chairman thanked Cllr Reed for his report.

57.4 Cllr Belt reported that a grant had been obtained for free loft installation at the properties and this is being carried out by the Warmer Group next week.

58. Finance

The Clerk presented the following cheques which require authorisation for payment and these were proposed and seconded for payment. All in favour.

58.1 Whitestone Parish Hall Management Committee (August) £125.00

58.2 Woodworm Treatment Services £500.00

58.3 Chappell Maintenance (repairs to seating/picnic table at Crossway Park) £28.69

58.4 Mr G Dicker (grounds maintenance from March to July) £531.25

59. Cllr Belt reported that it had been necessary to arrange for the removal of a wasps nest in Crossway Park and the account will be submitted for the September meeting. A vote of thanks was given to Cllr Belt for arranging this and which also involved her showing the site of the nest.

The meeting closed at 8.05pm